Dreamland (Melbourne amusement park)

Dreamland was an Australian amusement park in the Melbourne suburb of St Kilda, which was opened on 2 November 1906.[4][5] It was demolished in 1909, except for the Figure Eight rollercoaster which remained open until 1914.[6][7]

Dreamland
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Robson's Figure Eight in 1908 on Lower Esplanade was part of Dreamland, the current site of Luna Park and the Palais Theatre, was just one of many carnival attractions along the foreshore at the turn of the century.
LocationSt. Kilda, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°52′05″S 144°58′35″E / 37.868036°S 144.976369°E / -37.868036; 144.976369Coordinates: 37°52′05″S 144°58′35″E / 37.868036°S 144.976369°E / -37.868036; 144.976369
StatusClosed
Opened2 November 1906 (1906-11-02)
Closed1909 (1909)[1][2]
OwnerEric Salambo[3]
Operated bySalambo Dreamland Amusements Ltd.[3]
Operating seasonSummer
Attractions
Total10+
Roller coasters1

HistoryEdit

In November 1906 Dreamland was opened in St Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.[5] It was built on an area of wasteland which included a lagoon.[8] The lagoon had been drained in 1870 and the site had been unoccupied for more than a decade.

Dreamland was demolished in 1909, but in 1912 Luna Park was opened in the same area. Luna Park is still open and operating today.

Past attractionsEdit

  • Robson's Figure Eight rollercoaster.[7]
  • "The Trip to the Moon" in the "Dreamland Airship"[9][10]
  • San Francisco earthquake and fire.[9]
  • Ascent of Fujiyama.[9] with descent via either the.[10]
    • "Down and Out".[10]
    • or the "Bump the Bumps".[10]
  • Hereafter[11]
  • The Rivers of the World.[10]
  • "The Unseen World" with its mystic caves.[10]
  • Hall of Illusion.[10]
  • Grecian Theatre.[10]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Advertising". The Argus. No. 19, 179. Melbourne. 7 January 1908. p. 2. Retrieved 28 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  2. ^ Luna Park: Australia's pleasure land, Author: Charlie Farrugia, Dec, 03 2012
  3. ^ a b "GENERAL GOSSIP. The Salambos". The Referee. No. 1188. Sydney. 11 August 1909. p. 16. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "DREAMLAND". Table Talk. No. 1108. Victoria, Australia. 18 October 1906. p. 20. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ a b "AMUSEMENTS". The Leader. No. 2652. Victoria, Australia. 3 November 1906. p. 22. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "History". Lunapark.com.au. Retrieved 24 January 2011.
  7. ^ a b "THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1906". The Argus. No. 18, 800. Melbourne. 18 October 1906. p. 4. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  8. ^ Ups and downs of Melbourne's historic funpark, Date: 17/10/2010, Publication: The Sunday Age, Section: Supplement, Page: 10, Financial Review
  9. ^ a b c "AMUSEMENTS". The Age. No. 16, 118. Victoria, Australia. 7 November 1906. p. 6. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h "DREAMLAND". Table Talk. No. 1117. Victoria, Australia. 20 December 1906. p. 18. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  11. ^ "DREAMLAND". Table Talk. No. 1111. Victoria, Australia. 8 November 1906. p. 20. Retrieved 27 February 2017 – via National Library of Australia.

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